Thanksgiving Week Recap

Sunday, November 27, 2016

We started off the week with a quick trip to New York City with our Strader siblings.

The fall leaves were outrageously beautiful and provided the perfect backdrop for the trip. I intentionally left the photo below unedited so that you could really see!

We flew in early Saturday morning (3:30 am wakeup call.. yikes!) and when we arrived, we grabbed Shake Shack and headed for a walk through the park before napping before a trip to Chelsea Market, and to dinner. 

Chelsea Market is always a favorite stop! 

The inspiration for the trip was Sam and Kayce never having been to New York, and Sam really wanting to eat at one of the world's best rated steakhouses, Peter Luger. 

On Sunday morning we ate breakfast and headed to the Top of the Rock. The strong winds made it super chilly and the top deck (my favorite) was closed. Sad! We still got some good photos, though! 

Once we were back on solid ground, we grabbed hot drinks at Starbucks and while everyone else browsed the Lego store, Ben and I watched the skaters. I thought that the scaffolding around the Christmas tree was super interesting! 

It isn't a trip to New York without Levain cookies, and the line was about three times as long as I've ever seen it. We braved the cold, and it was SO worth it when we finally got our delicious, warm cookies! 

To finish off the trip, the whole reason we came, Peter Luger! We headed to Brooklyn and enjoyed a great meal. The steak really was delicious, and it was a really cool atmosphere. The next day we came home and our flight was super delayed. We FINALLY got to Beau at around 1 am. I won't lie to y'all, I had a really hard time being away from my boy! I really just think he would have enjoyed New York with his daddy and mama! Next time. :) 

Our first day home was spent unpacking, going to the dentist, and snuggling our boy extra! That night, we went to dinner with our good friends Spencer and AJ.. and Beau tried on Spencer's cowboy hat. :) 

The day before Thanksgiving we took a little day trip to visit Ben's college roommate's hometown, because he was visiting for the holiday from Nashville. Collin is one of our closest friends, so it seems silly to describe him as "Ben's college roommate", but bear with me, haha! Last time we made a Thanksgiving trip, on the way home I had some of the worst morning sickness that I had while pregnant.. yikes! We had a great time with Collin and his mom, as always!

Thanksgiving day was great as always! We started the morning and Ben's Granny's house.. check out this amazing photo of her with all of the great grandkids... how on earth are they all looking?! It was extra sweet for me to have Ella, the oldest, hold Beau for his first extended cousins photo! 

Before we left, it was a little chilly so I bundled Beau up for a photo.. this is now one of my favorites of him! 

This year, because of being gone at the beginning of the week, we ordered turkey in instead of making it. I am a turkey purist, but it was so nice to just relax and not be constantly basting. In our family photo you can tell we've been snoozing the afternoon away! 

On Black Friday morning we threw on our matching pajamas and put up our Christmas decorations. It was such a sweet morning! Then, Ben and Beau went to take our cars for servicing while mama binge watched the new Gilmore girls. I have SO MANY THOUGHTS. Like, I considered doing a full blog post on it, haha. What did y'all think? 

Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week!



  1. I have got to go to Target and get some of those pajamas! They look super soft, too! So glad you had such a great week, and I loved your NY pictures!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. If I haven't told you before, you have the sweetest blog Victoria!! I would love to know your thoughts on Gilmore Girls, but I haven't watched it all yet! Will catch up this week now that the biggers are going back to school! ��

  3. Looks like y'all had an action packed weekend! Will have to get your advice before planning our first trip to the city.

    mckenzie //

  4. Yes, to the Gilmore girls recap! :) I love hearing others' thoughts on it. we went on a family trip to NYC in August and it was so fun with our 2 year old. It was super hot though so the next we go it will have to be fall or winter!

  5. I love this time of year in the city; Chelsea Market and Peter Luger's are two of my favorite places!! Skating at the ice rink is also one of my favorite things I've done - the view of the tree was magical!!


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